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post #1 of 11 Old 05-27-2015, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Smile New owner 2 yr old cob

hi there guys so... i will be a new owner of a 2 yr old cob at the weekend. all this is new to me again. i used to own a horse as a child, but obvs i was a child and lost interest.
he has just started desensitive training. what do i do to carry this on? also how to work him? obis he hasn't been broken into yet he has been long reigned a handful of times. any tips would be greatful. he's a good listener and obeys well, well mannered too. i hope this continues with me as his new mummy
please help any advice tips etc would be more than appreciated!
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-27-2015, 01:34 PM
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Really, if you've not trained a baby and it's been a long time since you've been with horse , getting a trainer to help you would be best.
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-27-2015, 03:11 PM
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^I second this. A trainer will make things go so much more smoothly than if you try to go about them alone!
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-27-2015, 04:19 PM
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I will also agree with getting a trainer to help you along.
Since it's been a while you may not realize you are instilling bad habits by accident until something bad happens.
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-27-2015, 05:41 PM
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I agree with everyone else.

I am glad he's such a rockstar now. I can guarantee you he will not be if you continue.

He WILL test. That is what they do at that age, just like a teenager. If he gets away with it he will get worse. Even if he doesn't (which you do not have the experience to make sure he doesn't) he WILL still test you.

Good luck with him. Just get some help BEFORE issues arise!

Do you have pictures? He sounds adorable.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-28-2015, 08:37 AM
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Pictures of he doesn't exist...
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-28-2015, 10:09 AM
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You don't say where you're going to keep him but it would be better for you and him if it was some place with experienced help on hand
At 2 he isn't ready to break for at least another year so for now concentrate on basic handling, leading, grooming and groundwork that involves him listening to you and obeying when asked to move around, backwards and forwards/whoa plus generally getting him used to things
Cobs are usually easy going types but they are also stocky and powerful so should never be allowed to learn they can use their weight to bully you
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-28-2015, 10:13 AM
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Agree with everyone above. You need to have a trainer working with both of you so that things come along the right way. Better to get it on track now, then to find out why you should have later after you have an issue. We are all here to help you! But you deeply need a trainer to help bring him alone. Green plus green equals black and blue for a reason. Good luck, and keep us posted.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-28-2015, 05:39 PM
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The concern with a cob is that they look so big even when young, you'll be tempted to do too much too soon. 2 years old is still a baby. Wait at least another year to break him. But lots of groundwork would go a long way towards making him a respectful and enjoyable mount when you do get him "dressed" (I hate that word 'broke'!)
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-28-2015, 09:20 PM
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^lots of people break during the second year. So long as you're cleared by a vet, I don't see the issue.

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